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Catch meat. Sacrifice meat. Appease The Entity.
~ The Voices' command to The Killers

The Killers are the main antagonistic faction of Dead by Daylight. Once regular humans, they had their dark desires amplified by the Entity and became serial killers. After being chosen, they are sent to the Entity's realm where they were mutated and given paranormal powers in order to hunt down and capture survivors for eternity.

Biography

In order for the Entity to find a new killer, it senses certain individuals and analyzes their killing potential, such as those who killed out of vengeance, trauma or sadism. It may also change its mind if it sees greater potential in another, such as when it originally wanted to turn Mr. Yamaoka into one of its killers before rejecting him for his daughter Rin after she swore revenge on him as she lay dying from the hands of her father. Once the Entity captures a killer, it transports them into its realm and forces them to partake in rituals where a single killer chases down four survivors as they struggle to escape. It is the killer's job to round up the survivors so that the Entity can claim their souls. As the ritual progresses, the Entity absorbs the participants' souls and emotions. Some killers try to resist the Entity's urges, resulting in them being agonizingly tortured and disfigured until they go insane and comply, while others are so evil that they are willing to serve the Entity without question.

Some killers are crossover characters from other works of horror media, suggesting that these universes are connected in the Dead by Daylight universe.

Gameplay

The chosen killer is the main antagonist of each match, whose goal is to capture the survivors before they fix all the generators to unlock the exit passages to escape the game. The killer's main goal is to hunt down and chase the survivors like a predator, with the ability to track them down with the sounds they make such as their footsteps, breathing and screaming. As they chase survivors, the killer must strike them with their signature weapon to wound them, then strike again to knock them down. Then, the killer must carry the survivor to a hook where the Entity will consume them if left there for too long, though their fellow survivors can rescue them. Whenever a survivor goes near a killer's terror radius, ominous music will play and the killer will detect their heartbeat. As they go closer and closer, the music gradually intensifies before becoming fast-paced as the killer gives chase. The killer may choose to instead do their Memento Mori, where they will kill the survivor themself using their signature murder method. Each killer has a different signature power which helps them find survivors, and different perks which give them unique playstyles.

Known Members

Evan MacMillan - The Trapper

The misguidedly loyal son of Archie MacMillan, a corrupt millionaire responsible for a mass murder where over a hundred men were trapped in a mine and killed by a deliberate cave-in. When Evan found out that he was an unwitting accomplice, he trapped his father in the basement and disappeared. In-game, he wields a cleaver and has the ability to lay bear traps to immobilize survivors. He was the first killer added to the game.

Philip Ojomo - The Wraith

A Nigerian man who uncovered a business in a scrapyard where the workers were killing people to add their "souls" to cars. Philip snapped and murdered the workers, and took the spine of their boss A. Azarov before disappearing. In-game, he wields Azarov's spine as his weapon and has the ability to ring his bell to make him intangible.

Max Thompson Jr. - The Hillbilly

Deformed and unwanted, Max Thompson Jr. was born to abusive parents who kept him walled up and fed through a hole. He got his revenge by killing them and mutilating all the animals on their farm. He wields a cattle hammer as his weapon and has the ability to rev his chainsaw to damage anyone nearrby. He was based on Leatherface, who eventually appeared himself in the game.

Michael Myers - The Shape

The main villain of Halloween, Michael Myers is an emotionless killer who is nothing but pure evil. He wields a kitchen knife, and his skill causes him to become speedier and more unstoppable as he continues to stalk a survivor.

Sally Smithson - The Nurse

Sally was a nurse working at the Crotus Prenn Asylum, where she was abused physically and verbally until she was driven mad, killing everyone in the asylum. She wields a bone saw as a weapon, and her ability lets her blink to nearby locations.

Lisa Sherwood - The Hag

A woman captured and tortured by a tribe of cannibals, Lisa was reduced to a feral state and killed her captors, scrawling tribal symbols out of their blood. In-game, her weapon is her deformed hand and her power lets her paint a symbol from mud, which she can teleport to so she can ambush survivors.

Herman Carter - The Doctor

A sadistic, depraved doctor known for torturing people in order to acquire knowledge. His weapon is the "Stick" he used to discipline his unruly patients into submission, and his ability involves releasing surges of electricity to drive survivors mad.

Anna - The Huntress

A woman taught how to hunt at a young age by her mother. When her mother was killed by an elk, Anna went mad and started hunting humans, but also kidnapped young girls to care for them in order to fill her void, only to die due to her inability to care for them. She wields her axes as her weapons, and her ability lets her throw axes at survivors to wound them from afar. She is known for humming her signature lullaby in-game, a song from her mother.

Leatherface/Bubba Sawyer - The Cannibal

The most well-known antagonist of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface is a crazed yet tragic serial killer whom is part of a family of cannibals, living in constant fear of himself and his family being in danger. He wields a sledgehammer as his weapon and his ability lets him rush with his chainsaw, though he can only do this a limited amount of times.

Freddy Krueger - The Nightmare

The main antagonist of A Nightmare at Elm Street, Freddy is a paranormal serial killer who has the ability to kill his victims within their dreams, killing them in reality as well. He wields his signatue clawed glove as his weapon, and his ability lets him send survivors to sleep and manipulate the dream world in order to corner them.

Amanda Young - The Pig

A recurring antagonist of the Saw films, Amanda was one of the participants of Jigsaw's games and soon became his apprentice. When she failed and was killed as a result, she was taken to the Entity's realm (at least in the Dead by Daylight story) and continued Jigsaw's will. She wields her retractable blade as her weapon, and her abilities include being able to crouch to sneak up on survivors and trap them with Reverse Bear Traps, which prompts them to find a key hidden in the Jigsaw Boxes or be sacrificed immediately.

Kenneth Chase - The Clown

Ever since he was young, Kenneth Chase was obsessed with collecting body parts from animals (before moving on to humans) and was eventually found out. He worked as a clown under the alias "Jeffrey Hawk" where he lured people with a facade before killing them. He wields a butterfly knife as a weapon, and his ability involves throwing a tonic to intoxicate survivors to slow them down.

Rin Yamaoka - The Spirit

A teenage girl who witnessed her father going insane as a result of being corrupted by the Entity, leading him to kill his wife and eventually his own daughter. The Entity favored the dying Rin's rage over her father's despair, so it turned her into a killer instead. She wields the katana her father used as her weapon, and her ability lets her leave her body and become incorporeal before moving to another location.

Frank, Julie, Susie, Joey - The Legion

A gang of masked teenage criminals consisting of their leader Frank Morrison and his accomplices Julie Kostenko, Susie and Joey, who were influenced by Frank to commit crimes which got worse and worse, until they murdered a cleaner. Each member of the Legion is played as one character, with the player choosing which member of the gang to play by choosing their cosmetics. They wield a Different Knives as weapons with Frank and Julie wielding Hunting Knives, Susie wields a wooden ruler sharpened into a stake, and Joey wields a karambit, and their ability causes them to snap into a rage as they rush at increased speed and agility.

Adiris - The Plague

Danny Johnson - The Ghost Face

The Demogorgon

Kazan Yamaoka - The Oni

Caleb Quinn - The Deathslinger

Pyramid Head - The Executioner

Talbot Grimes - The Blight

Victor & Charlotte Deshayes - The Twins

Ji-Woon Hak - The Trickster

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           Dead by Deathlight logo.pngVillains

Original Killers
The Trapper | The Wraith | The Hillbilly | The Nurse | The Hag | The Doctor | The Huntress | The Clown | The Spirit | The Legion (Frank Morrison, Julie Kostenko, Joey, Susie) | The Plague | The Oni | The Deathslinger | The Blight | The Twins | The Trickster

Guest Killers
Michael Myers | Leatherface | Freddy Krueger | Amanda Young | Danny Johnson/Ghostface | Demogorgon | Pyramid Head

Other
The Entity | Archie MacMillan | A. Azarov | Otto Stamper | Mr. Yamaoka | Henry Bayshore | Drayton Sawyer | Nubbins Sawyer | John Kramer | James Sunderland | Maria

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